Best Tools for Back to School 2019

This excellent list has just been posted online. A total of 43 apps and web sites are listed. It might be worth trying some new tools in addition to our own favourites. You will notice that each app mentioned links to a full review and also to its web site.

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Assessment using Digital Tools

Assessment is at the heart of effective teaching and learning. Gathering assessment data guides us to better teaching and learning outcomes. The two main complementary approaches are Assessment of learning (summative) and Assessment for learning (formative).

There are lots of online tools (and tablet apps) that can help us assess our students’ understanding via AoL or AfL. In this post we will look at 3 free tools. More tools will be discussed in further posts.

  • Many schools are using G Suite (Google) as a learning environment. Schools using G Suite and Google Classroom can can simply create a quiz in Forms, include images and videos when desired, and indicate the correct answer for each item. When students take the quiz, Forms will automatically grade every response that has a correct answer identified.  You can also assign open-ended questions. The crucial thing is that individual feedback can be given to each student.
  • Kahoot! is a very popular game-based site where teachers display questions on the whiteboard/screen. The students then log into Kahoot on their own or in groups with their code and answer them. . Free (web/app)










Our third suggestion is SeeSaw which is a very simple and intuitive tool for students to create their own digital portfolios. There is huge scope for self-assessment and for AfL with this bright and colourful (free) tool available online or via a tablet app. Students and teachers post artifacts of learning in a variety of ways: audio, video, photo, drawing, note etc. Everything can be annotated with a text description, text caption, or audio recording. Feedback is easy and parents can log in to comment and praise the work.



Free resource: Storyline Online

Storyline Online ( is a fantastic resource to support literacy. It features videos of famous actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. The books are quirky and funny and are bound to interest your students. Each book has an activity guide (click below the video) with  lesson notes, vocabulary and extension activities. It’s available free on the web or via a free app


Deploying iPads in school

Apple has streamlined the deployment process for schools in recent years. If your school has more than a few iPads then it’s worthwhile deploying them using Apple’s tools. In the first instance it’s a good idea to ask your Apple supplier (e.g. or They will help you set up Apple School Manager to help you set up all the devices for the school, get apps and books for each class – all from one place.

To get started why not download Apple’s free iBook ‘Education Deployment Guide’